k i s k a J i s m / w h o s e b o d y?

Kiska jism? Whose Body?
June 5, 2006, 12:41 pm
Filed under: introduction


This blog is the online face of a project called ‘Labels’, which, when it started, explored clothing and identity in the context of globalisation in India.

Located in Baroda,Gujarat, and begun at the Art History Department of MS University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, this project grew out of discussions about clothes, public identity and gender.

At the Fine Arts Fair conducted at the Faculty in December 2005 , ‘Labels’ appeared in two parts: as a stall where clothes that were designed by students and stitched by local tailors, and as a stage performance called ‘Jism’, in which five peoples’ stories were told by means of dance and a recorded script.The two were linked by means of costume and clothing tags.

Each performer had a clothing label designed after her/him.This individual label carried her or his name, age, and a personal statement, which is brought out during the performance.

I, Raheema Begum am the initiator of this work and am taking further from college where it started. ‘LABELS’ is now a functional entity, generating narrative paradigms associated with identity both in cyberspace, and in the ‘real’ world.


e-mail: theunderscoredhood@gmail.com

e-group: labelsthinktank@googlegroups.com


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